I Have a Presentation…


Your preceptor asks you to give a 10 minute presentation on Chronic Kidney Disease.

What do you need to know to give a good presentation?


  • Review general knowledge of disease processes from the basic pathophysiology to a more advanced knowledge of prognoses and treatments.
  • Determine what information will be important to include in your presentation.
  • Create a presentation based on your knowledge and the information found from searching the appropriate resources.
What Do You Need To Do?

Refresh your memory- What do you know about this condition? What would be important to check to connect all these pieces of information? Consider looking at: causes, risk factors, pathophysiology, staging, treatment, etc.

What information regarding prognosis for patients with specific characteristics would be important?

What are the kinds of treatment available and how effective are they?

Are there any other specifics mentioned by your preceptor that need to be covered in the presentation?


Why Is This Important?

Refreshing your knowledge of the basic disease information and doing your research with the appropriate sources will help you to have the best presentation possible.


How Can You Make These Connections?

Take the following quiz to assess how much you know about CKD:

Quiz Yourself

Check the appropriate resource to refresh your memory on trusted, well-established information.

Access Medicine is a collection of online textbooks, assessments, images, illustrations, diagnostic and point-of-care tools. Use Access Medicine to learn the basics about the disease of interest.

Cochrane Library and PubMed are databases that can be searched for systematic and other types of reviews.

National Guideline Clearinghouse is a resource of summaries of evidence-based clinical guidelines provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Explore these resources on the Health Sciences Library website: library.cumc.columbia.edu

Using the Resources

Access Medicine

Enter your term in the main search bar – can be the full term or an acronym (can search for “chronic kidney disease” or “CKD”).

There are possibilities to narrow your search by textbook or topic (left hand side of results screen). You can also limit by publication category: books, quick reference, multimedia, images, cases, or patient education.

Access Medicine is available via mobile applications.


Cochrane Library

Access through the Library’s website, under the “Top Resources” heading – http://library.cumc.columbia.edu

Enter your terms in the main search bar using appropriate Boolean operators. There are filters to narrow your search on the left hand side of results screen.

Search the results for appropriate systematic reviews that have been written about your topic.



On the homepage, use the search bar to enter your search terms.

Enter your search terms using the appropriate Boolean operators (OR, AND, NOT).

The results will on the next page. Apply the Review filter to narrow your results. Search the refined literature for systematic reviews about your topic.


National Guideline Clearinghouse

Access through the Library’s website, by selecting the Library Catalog (CLIO) from the “Top Resources”– http://library.cumc.columbia.edu

Enter “National Guideline Clearinghouse” in the main search bar.

Select the first entry, and then click the “Available from:” link to go to the website.

Enter the name of the disease of interest (can be the full name or an acronym).

Select the appropriate entry – you do have options to narrow your search by applying filters on the left side of the screen.


For more information please visit the Learning at Your Own Pace tutorials page on the library website – http://library.cumc.columbia.edu/learning-your-pace-tutorials

Review The Important Concepts

The following review activity will test your knowledge of CKD and the information you learned about in this section:

CKD Presentation Review Activity


Question yourself!  The best way to calibrate how much you know about a condiditon is to ask yourself questions.

Do your research! Use the appropriate resources in order to find the best information for your presentation.

Remember to ask your preceptor if any specific topics need to be covered in the presentation.

Remember to cite! It is important for others to see where you got your information from.